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William L. Whitworth Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Poland, Barth, Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-12

Duration: 00:29:00

Subjects: Whitworth, William L. | World War II | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army. Air Corps | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | Prisoner of war | Stalag Luft IV | Military | Veterans | Stalag Luft I


  • Whitworth, William L. Interviewee
  • Ready, Crystal Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on September 12, 2007, with William L. Whitworth, a B-24 tail gunner in the 456th Bombardment Group of the 15th Air Force during World War II. He discusses: his deployment to Europe; flying in his first mission; bailing out of his plane and landing in Poland; being taken as a German prisoner of war; his interrogation by the Germans; his imprisonment at Stalag Luft IV in Poland; his transfer to Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany; and his liberation from the camp.